Home > Innings report >

ICC World T20 2014: Tom Cooper’s gritty knock lifts Netherlands to 140/5 against Zimbabwe

Tom-Cooper-of-the-Redbacks-plays-a-shot-during-the-Ryobi-One-Day-Cup-match-between
Tom Cooper scored a gritty 72 not out to rescue Netherlands © Getty Images (File Photo)

By R Vishal

Mar 19, 2014

Tom Cooper‘s superb unbeaten knock of 72 pulled Netherlands out of troubled waters against Zimbabwe to post 140 for five in the ICC World T20 2014 Group B qualifier in Syhllet.

In a must-win battle for both teams to stay in the com, it was Netherlands who won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that was predicted to be rather helpful for the spinners. Prosper Utseya opened the attack for the African nation and trapped the dangerous Stephan Myburgh in front of the third ball of the match.

Wesley Barresi came was on a mission to hit the bowlers out of the park. Two back-to-back boundaries of Tinashe Panyangara was followed by a beautiful inswinger by the bowler to rattle Barresi’s stumps.

Minutes later, Tendai Chatara’s athleticism was on full display when he sprinted to the other end of the wicket to catch the hesitating Michael Swart short of the stumps. The first power play was the most exhilarating and productive phase of the series so far — it was hard to keep up with— runs, wickets, some good fielding and some that induced a snigger or two.

Netherlands found themselves in deep trouble when they lost their skipper Peter Borren and Zimbabwe had yet again taken a wicket with batsmen trying one shot too many and finding the fielder. It was another wicket for the impressive Utseya.

At 35 for four, the cooper brothers steadied the innings. The duo were the antithesis of the top order, playing with minimal risks and moving the scoreboard along. Tom played his shots whenever he found an opportunity to free his arms while his conservative brother held out in the deep for 20, after adding more than 50 runs for the fifth wicket.

Tom, however, grew from strength to strength and was dealing with boundaries at one stage. Netherlands didn’t lose further wickets and were happy to reach a competitive score of 140 after being in danger of getting shot out cheaply after the powerplay overs.

Brief scores:

Netherlands 140 for five in 20 overs (Tom Cooper 72*, Ben Cooper 20, Mudassar Bukhari 14*; Proper Utseya 2 for 24) vs Zimbabwe.

Full Scorecard

(R Vishal is a journalist and an alumni of the Asian School of Journalism. He can be followed on Twitter @vishhell)

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

Photos

India, England training session for 3rd Test

Videos

Gary Ballance looks ahead to third Test

MS Dhoni will be crucial in 3rd Test against England at Southampton

Virat Kohli has shown he learns from his mistakes; matter of time before he gets back to form

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Should Gautam Gambhir play ahead of Shikhar Dhawan?

5 things you need to know about Gulabrai Ramchand

India vs England 2014 3rd Test at Southampton: Statistical analysis of The Ageas Bowl

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

Sourav Ganguly’s decision to enter cricket administration lauded by Gundappa Viswanath

India vs England 3rd Test at Southampton: Gundappa Viswanath believes specialist spinner should be included

Alastair Cook unfazed by Kevin Pietersen’s remarks

MS Dhoni simmers in anger about Ravindra Jadeja verdict

Zaheer Khan launches fitness company

India vs England 3rd Test at Southampton: Can Jos Buttler make successful transition to Test Cricket?

Luke Wright becomes fifth batsman to smash 150 runs in T20s: A statistical overview

MS Dhoni will be crucial in 3rd Test against England at Southampton

Virat Kohli has shown he learns from his mistakes; matter of time before he gets back to form

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Should Gautam Gambhir play ahead of Shikhar Dhawan?

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Salman Khan’s Kick fails to break Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan’s opening day record at the box office

Alastair Cook unfazed by Kevin Pietersen’s remarks

Lack of eye contact in babies could indicate autism

India vs England 3rd Test at Southampton: Gundappa Viswanath believes specialist spinner should be included

‘Neymar’s brain is on auto-pilot when he plays’, Japanese neurologists

Dhanush starrer Vella Illa Pattathari rakes in Rs 19.08 crore

Apple reportedly acquires book recommendation service BookLamp

Panasonic to launch Eluga smartphones in India on July 30

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here